Day Trips from Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui Region

The Manawatu – Wanganui Region covers a large area, stretching from Ruapehu right down to Horowhenua. Within the region are districts but ultimately they still all fall in under, the Manawatu-Wanganui Region.

So I thought I would start a page dedicated to Day Trips you can do from Palmerston North. Places listed here can also be found on this blog. Only places I have personally visited will be listed.

These Day Trips, are what I consider low cost, in most cases, they will only cost you time and petrol as food and drink can be taken with you, as well as, your sense of adventure.

Click on the links below to view, information, photos and tales of our adventures.

The commute times may vary due to weather and road conditions

1. Ashhurst Domain, Ashhurst, Palmerston North, approximately 15 minutes from Palmerston North

2. Bridge Café, Timeless Horse Treks And Woodville Ferry Reserve, Balance, approximately 30 minutes from Palmerston North

3. Te Apiti Wind Farm approximately  35 minutes from Palmerston North

4. Manawatu Gorge and Tawa Loop Walks approximately 20 minutes from Palmerston North, to the Gorge car park. (ashhurst end)

5. Totara Reserve & Pohangina Wetlands approximately 50 minutes from Palmerston North

6. Lower Domain Dannevirke  approximately 50 minutes from Palmerston North

7. Manawatu Estuary and Foxton Beach approximately 30-35 minutes from Palmerston North

8. Pukepuke Lagoon, Conservation Area approximately 35-40 minutes from Palmerston North

9. Tangimoana Beach and Tawhirihoe Scientific Reserve approximately 40 minutes from Palmerston North

10. Eketahuna Cliff Walk & Tararua Forest Park and Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre approximately 60 minutes from Palmerston North

11. Apiti Glow Worm Caves approximately 90 minutes from Palmerston North

12. Pipinui Falls and Makuri Gorge approximately 90 minutes from Palmerston North

13. Waitarere Beach & Levin Adventure Park approximately 55 minutes from Palmerston North

14. Tutukiwi Reserve, Aokautere & Manawatu River, Ashhurst approximately 15 minutes from Palmerton North

15. Walk from the Bridge Café around the Totara Loop Track and back again. Balance, Approximately 30 minutes from Palmerston North

16. Herbertville approximately 2 hours from Palmerston North

17. Hokio Beach, Levin, approximately 55 minutes from Palmerston North

18. Waihi Falls approximately 2 hours from Palmerston North

19. Pongaroa Bush Walks, Pongaroa, approximately 90 minutes from Palmerston North

20. Akitio, Beach, Akitio, approximately 2 hours 15 minutes from Palmerston North.

21. Scotts Ferry, approximately 3/4 hour from Palmerston North





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Day Trips for the uninspired. Things to see and do in and around the Manawatu, Tararua, Wairarapa, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Regions of New Zealand


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